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'So Which One Do You Believe?'

June 13, 2018 / Karie MacPhee

EDITOR'S NOTE: This perspective from Lincoln City, Ore., no doubt echoes the sentiments of Adventist teachers all across the Northwest. It is yet another reason why we honor and respect dedicated Adventist educators who understand their mission is the Great Commission.

The Procrastinator

June 12, 2018 / Dick Duerksen

Life is all about timing, showing up at the right moment, being there when you’re needed, not getting things done too early or too late.

If you arrive early, people will begin to depend on you rather than discover creative solutions on their own.

If you show up too late, people will consider you undependable and turn to others for support.

Young Adults, Young Leaders

I’m writing some thoughts here from the South Guatemala Mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. By the time you read this, more than a month will have passed, but now, during the final few days of March, it’s hot and humid here. Amidst the humidity, though, the songs and colors of a myriad species of birds are enchanting, and the local church members are amazing — kind and gracious to our group of Northwest pastors and students. We have joined with them to bring hope and wholeness to a community of several towns and villages in a largely Roman Catholic area of southern Guatemala.

Whataboutism

May 04, 2018 / Seth Pierce

Several years ago, I preached a sermon on grace at one of our colleges. After the message a concerned student approached me and said, "I really appreciated your talk on grace. But, if time would allow, you'd share more about the law, right?"

Almost Killed ... Again

May 04, 2018 / Martin Weber

Forty-seven years ago, a car accident almost killed me while driving to a Bible study. Last week that happened again. What lessons are there for survivors of such close calls?

Beyond the Veneer

April 28, 2018 / Steve Vistaunet

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness … it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair … .”

What Will You Do With Jesus?

April 27, 2018 / Dick Duerksen

“Write two pages about what you did last summer.”

It was the worst assignment of the year. We fretted about it from the day school dismissed in June. Some wrote sample essays, memorized them and then wrote them out when Miss Townsend gave The Assignment on that terrible first Monday of the new school year.

The year I was to graduate from high school, Pastor Jake, the Bible teacher, took Miss Townsend’s assignment and threw us a real curveball.

Is Easter for Adventists?

April 13, 2018 / Martin Weber

Some Seventh-day Adventists pointedly ignore Easter because of its ancient roots in paganism. But many others skip this annual opportunity to celebrate Christ’s resurrection for another reason: They simply don’t see it as central to our faith.

While most Adventists around the world believe the reality of Christ’s resurrection, some underestimate its relevance to salvation and Spirit-filled living. By contrast, early Christians staked their lives — in this world and for eternity — on the risen life of Jesus. His resurrection reverberates throughout the New Testament:

Rage Flu

April 12, 2018 / Seth Pierce

When Billy Graham’s death made it onto social media, I sifted through a variety of passionate responses — not all of them pleasant. While some praised the evangelist’s incredible legacy of preaching the gospel, others criticized his comments on Jews having too much control in the media, as well as his stance on gay marriage. Beyond the praise and criticism, strands of outright hatred loaded with vulgarity celebrated the death of a man who, despite controversy, was responsible for more good than a million judgmental social media junkies put together.

Follow the Dog

April 10, 2018 / Seth Pierce

Recently I bore the crushing burden of a stopover in Fiji after preaching for a camp meeting in New Zealand. More specifically, I spent two days on the remote Mana Island — population 400. This doesn’t include the resort, which, due to the off-peak season, didn’t have all that many tourists. This meant most of the white sandy beaches were vacant, and I often had the infinity pool to myself. I’ll pause to allow you time to work through your envy. Yet, while the downtime from an intense speaking schedule was welcome, I got a bit restless after the first day and decided to go exploring.